Who Will Manage Manchester City?Published December 24, 2009
Hughes is out and Mancini in, but the new manager won't remain for long if City don't perform.
The knives are officially out at emerging English superpower Manchester City, and the big question now is who will be managing the Blues by season's end.
City beat Sunderland 4-3 last Saturday to climb back to sixth place and put itself back in contention for a spot in Europe, but that wasn't enough for the club's new Abu Dhabi-based owners, who sacked manager Mark Hughes following the game, replacing him with Roberto Mancini.
If the example of Chelsea is anything to go by, there could be more changes by season's end, which is why the odds Paddy Power is offering on the saga make for such interesting reading.
Mancini, who was in charge of three clubs in Italy before making the move to England, is actually considered a big chance to stay until the end of the season, with 1/5 odds that he will remain and 3/1 odds that he won't last. But the chances of him being manager one year from now, on New Year's Day 2011, are slighter, at 1/2 for and 6/4 against.
Mancini also features prominently in Paddy Power's odds on the Premier League sack race. He is fifth in the betting, at 12/1, on who will be the next manager to lose his job, just behind Liverpool's Rafa Benitez, at 13/2.
Gary Megson, manager of struggling Bolton Wanderers, is 11/4 to be the first to get the flick, just ahead of Gianfranco Zola, 11/2, whose West Ham side is also sitting uncomfortably in the relegation zone.